Intercity Passenger Transportation in B.C. (Letter to NDP Environment Minister Heyman)

The following letter was sent to B.C.’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in 2019. It was sent as a personal communication but the points, I believe, are supportable by TABC. The Minister’s Constituency Office reply follows the letter. Since this...

BC Government looks to next phase of SkyTrain link from Vancouver to North Shore

September 9, 2020 saw the release of the long awaited Stage 2 of the Burrard Inlet Rapid Transit Study. The project, started in 2018 and funded by the BC Ministry of Transportation, looks to address a subject of long standing interest among Lower Mainland transit...

COVID19 Affects Transit Financing – Service Cutbacks

Drastic ridership and financial losses - for TransLink farebox, gas tax and parking tax revenue - are leading to significant public transit service reductions. TransLink has announced major service cuts, including route eliminations, starting April 24 with much larger...

COVID 19 Impacts BC’s Public Transportation

The following was gathered from various web sites on April 3. Given the fluidity of the current situation, further changes may happen quickly and with little notice.BC Bus North (https://bcbus.ca/): The company has introduced additional cleaning protocols but its web...

Portland-Seattle-Vancouver High Speed Rail “Makes Economic Sense”

Transport Action BC agrees that high speed rail (HSR) linking Vancouver, Seattle and Portland is a great idea, but there are a lot of questions and complexities surrounding this proposal yet to be answered.

Canada Line and Snow (Feb. 2017)

TransLink’s Canada Line experienced two major shutdowns (Feb 3 / 6, 2017). The cause was the apparent inability of trains to travel northbound between Bridgeport and Marine Drive Stations. These incidents are a reminder of a similar incident in November 2010 when an...

TransLink Chairman Year-end Interview

Global News BC had a 15 minute, year-end interview with TransLink Chairman Kevin Desmond on 19 Dec 2017. Issues discussed included possible later SkyTrain service on Friday and Saturday nights, safety, new Canada Line stations, Canada Line capacity expansions, double...

South Okanagan Transit Ridership Up

Transit ridership is up a reported 41% on certain routes in the South Okanagan. Good news but the numbers would be starting from a fairly low level. Unfortunately, there is no source for the numbers published and there is one oddity; a 30% decline in operating costs...

Contracting Transit Operations

The Eno Center for Transportation in Washington DC  published a report touting the benefits of contracting out as a way to improve transit service. "A Bid for Better Transit: Improving Transit Service with Contracted Operations" looks at a number of examples of...

In Memoriam (Amtrak Cascades Train 501 Crash)

Transport Action BC wishes to express condolences for the deaths of Jim Hamre and Zack Wilhoite, as well as the other victim and the many people injured in the December 18, 2017 Amtrak Cascades Train 501 crash. TABC was shocked to hear the news about the derailment on...

BC Update – 2017-09-09

=============================================================================== BC's new NDP government cancelled bridge tolls on TransLink's Golden Ears and the province's Port Mann bridges, as promised in the recent election campaign. Member Stephen Rees wrote an...

Massey Bridge Machinations 2 (2017-04)

An April 5, 2017 column by The Vancouver Sun’s political columnist, Vaughn Palmer, described how the B.C. government’s pre-construction / pre-election photo-op for the $3.5 billion Massey Bridge project was hijacked by a group protesting the mega-project. TABC Member...

Massey Bridge Machinations (2017-03)

The B.C. government’s project to replace the George Massey Tunnel, south of Vancouver, with a mega-bridge continues to generate controversy. Two significant news items were recently published. ================================================================= B.C.’s...

TransLink Plans Should Change With New Circumstances

Long time Transport 2000/Transport Action member, J. Bakker developed a rapid transit scenario for Vancouver as an alternative to the proposed Broadway SkyTrain extension to Arbutus. He based his discussion on several major infrastructure and political changes that...

Federal Transit Funding – 2

Peter Fassbender, provincial Minister Responsible for TransLink, responded to The David Suzuki Foundation’s open letter to various Metro Vancouver and provincial politicians urging them to come together to ensure Metro Vancouver receives a share of available federal...